This spring marks the first year of the Abbotsford Tulip Festival--the only tulip festival in BC and tulip celebration in Canada located on a farm. Guests will experience 10 acres of beautiful, vibrant colour, featuring over 50 varieties and 2.5 million bulbs, and ample parking for over 1000 vehicles. The first few weeks of the festival have been a huge success with people travelling from all different area's of BC.
The festival offers a covered picnic area, children’s play area, photo cut-out boards, fun food trucks (on weekends) and sections for friends and family to wander through the fields. Guests can pick their own flowers in the U- Pick field, purchase fresh cut tulips and order bulbs for planting in the fall. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring friends and family together and enjoy a warm spring afternoon at the festival here in Abbotsford.
“We are very excited. It is going to be a fantastic experience and a great addition to all of the other things happening in Abbotsford this year. This family-friendly festival will highlight the beauty of the community and will give, yet, another reason for locals and visitors to get out and explore Abbotsford. Alexis’ vision is inspirational and we wish her and her team the very best, says Craig Nichols, Executive Director of Tourism Abbotsford.
For over 30 years, the Warmerdam family has been growing field tulips on Sumas Prairie and clearly, the passion started from an early age. This photo below is Alexis, at age 5 in her father’s tulip field taken by The Vancouver Sun. Now, at 26 years of age, Alexis has spent the last year preparing the new fields with the intention of providing a unique experience where guests can appreciate the tulips’ beauty amidst the Fraser Valley scenery.
“Our festival highlights community spirit, local agriculture and spring. I am excited to see this long-time dream become a reality and I'm looking forward to sharing my passion with our community!” says Alexis Warmerdam, Owner and Fourth Generation Dutch-Canadian Bulb Grower.
To learn more, visit www.abbotsfordtulipfestival.ca, call 604.751.6389 or follow the festival on Facebook and Instagram @abbotsfordtulipfestival or Twitter @AbbyTulipfestival #ColourInTheCountry